Alan Partridge has been given a second series by Sky.
Mid Morning Matters 2 will premiere on Sky Atlantic HD next year. Filming has already begun on the six 30-minute episodes, produced by Baby Cow Productions, while Sky has also commissioned a one-off documentary special (lasting an hour), which Sky promises will be “hard-hitting”.
Before making his leap to the big screen, Alan Partridge returned to UK television screens in June 2012 with two specials for Sky Atlantic’s Comedy Mondays, Welcome to the Places of My Life and Alan Partridge on Open Books with Martin Bryce. The BAFTA and RTS Award-winning Welcome to the Places of My Life remains Sky Atlantic’s highest rating comedy commission to date. It is no surprise, then, that the meeting with Sky to give Alan a second series didn’t end with him pitching Monkey Tennis and stealing a giant wheel of cheese.
Mid Morning Matters follows Alan Partridge as he presents his daily morning show on legendary radio station, North Norfolk Digital. The series is written by Steve Coogan and Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons, who co-wrote the feature-length film, Alpha Papa.
Alan Partridge comments: “I am both thrilled, humbled, gladdened and excited to be bringing Mid Morning Matters back to Sky Atlantic. I expect those who doubted its success feel suitably chastened to never again doubt the wisdom of my career choices and to say nothing in response unless their comments are wholly supportive and positive. I hope I’ve made myself clear…thank you, let’s leave it there.”